Fall weather is here in Maryland. And you know what that means? Winter is right around the corner. It is time to start considering energy efficiency. After all, climate experts are predicting another harsh winter here in the Old Line State. And the Farmer’s Almanac agrees, calling for a cold and wet winter with above-average snowfall. Are you ready? More importantly, is your home ready? One of the best things you can do to ensure your home is prepared for winter is to ask the question “Are My Windows Energy Efficient?”
Are My Windows Energy Efficient?
Every fall, there are numerous reminders to “Schedule your HVAC Maintenance.” Well, while important, HVAC is just one piece of the puzzle. Even the most energy efficient furnace cannot do its job if the rest of the home is inefficient. And it starts with your windows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), windows account for 25-40% of your annual heating and cooling costs. Wow! So its pays to ensure your windows are as efficient as possible.
- Window Treatments: The right blinds or shades can make a big impact on the energy efficiency of your home.
- Check for drafts: Windows can account for up to 20% of a home’s air leakage. This is why it is so important to check for drafts, which can greatly diminish the efficiency of your home. Sealing your windows – filling in gaps and eliminating costly drafts – is a cost-effective way to boost your home’s energy efficiency.
- Replacement windows: There comes a time when it simply makes more sense financially to just replace those old, inefficient windows. “If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency,” according to the United States Department of Energy (DOE). “New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.” Of course, energy efficiency isn’t the only benefit of replacement windows.
Maryland Replacement Windows
Architectural Window Supply is an official dealer for such leading brand names of upscale windows as, Norwood, Belisle, and, of course, JELD-WEN. For the past 20 years, Architectural Window Supply has been the go-to choice for homeowners, builders, and architects who need personalized, knowledgeable service. When you come to us for information and guidance, we’ll make sure you get what you need.
If you have any questions about Replacement Windows, or wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact Architectural Window Supply by calling 410-266-5254 or visit our website! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!